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Does Being Overweight Delay Puberty
I am 19 diagnosed w/ delayed puberty & overweight. Will my weight have any effect on how successful I am in achieving full male development w/ trt?
No: Your weight should have no bearing on the outcome. Best wishes. ...Read more
Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more
Is it true that overweight children are likely to experience puberty later than their underweight peers?
Quite the opposite: Children who are overweight and and or obese are often early bloomers and go through puberty earlier than their normal weight peers. Some of the signals that lead to the start of puberty are tied to body weight, in particular a body weight or amount of body fat that signals the brain that the child is of an age when puberty should start. Some, but not all children who are underweight will have delayed growth and puberty. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Girls 13 + or boys 14+ who do not yet have breast or testicular enlargement have delayed puberty. Most often these kids are just late bloomers. Treatment depends on factors like, underlying illness, underweight, family history, psychosocial issues for the child given the delay. If we need to jump start the process, girls receive small doses of estrogen and boys get tesosterone for a limited time. ...Read more
I heard that "the later you hit the puberty,the more taller you will become as an adult".IF THIS IS THE CASE,than how can we delay puberty?
Misguided idea: While it is true some kids who enter puberty later will be taller, it is because their genetic makeup follows that blueprint.You become as tall as your genes dictate, not because puberty takes longer. Delaying puberty in people destine to be shorter would just make them shorter for a longer period before growth stopped. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many reasons: Delayed pubertal development can be caused by many things. A child can merely be a late bloomer, he or she can have an underlying chronic illness that delays pubertal development, there can be a defect in production of pubertal hormones or a resistance to these hormones or there can be an underlying genetic disorder that is associated with pubertal delay. This is not a comprehensive list however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different causes: The most common is normal variation of puberty. There is usually a family history of late blooming in this case. Other causes of delayed puberty include radiation, chemotherapy, problems with the pituitary gland development or structural problems in the brain part that controls the pituitary gland or in the pituitary gland itself. The best thing is to see a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more
Delayed puberty: Most cases are because kids can be "late bloomers." no breast development by 12-13 in girls or no testicular enlargement by 14 in boys is diagnostic. Other conditions can cause this, but are less common. Many patients in this situation might be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more
Nothing if grown: For a fully mature male, constitutional delay in puberty should be resolved. For the adolescent boy experiencing constitutionally delayed puberty, maturation occurs later. However, if still not in puberty by age 14 yo, then he may be eligible for testosterone induction of puberty. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: The underlying cause (s) should be sought first, e.g. Chromosome abnormality. ...Read more
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